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President's veto should not deter supporters of stem cell research
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President's veto should not deter supporters of stem cell research
23 July 2006 - by Sean Tipton
With unprecedented bipartisan support in the US House of Representatives, the US Senate, and from the American people, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act passed both houses of Congress and landed on President Bush's desk this week, only to be met with the first veto of the Bush Administration. President... [Read More]
Bush vetoes stem cell research bill
20 July 2006 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
US President George Bush has vetoed a bill passed by Congress that would have removed restrictions on federally-funded human embryonic stem (ES) cell research in America. The bill - known as the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005 (HR 810) - was debated alongside two other bills... [Read More]
Dementia gene identified
21 July 2006 - by Dr Jess Buxton
Two groups of scientists have identified a gene which, when faulty or missing, causes a common type of dementia. Teams based at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, US, and the University of Antwerp in Belgium report that mutations affecting the progranulin gene cause familial frontotemporal... [Read More]
Gene link to diabetes confirmed
21 July 2006 - by Dr Jess Buxton
US researchers have confirmed that a common version of a gene involved in controlling blood sugar levels increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes (T2D). Researchers based at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston investigated variants of the TCF7L2 gene in people taking part in the... [Read More]
California and Illinois release funds to accelerate stem cell research
23 July 2006 - by Heidi Nicholl
By Heidi Nicholl: California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger this week authorised a $150 million loan to allow the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to fund initial research grants while litigation proceeds on the disputed bond allocation. Proposition 71 was passed by Californian voters in November 2004 allowing stem cell research... [Read More]
Baby tooth bank opens doors
23 July 2006 - by Heidi Nicholl
A new company has been set up in Austin, Texas which acts as a 'bank' for baby teeth, a source of adult stem cells. The company - BioEden Inc - was set up in response to a 2003 study by American scientists which found that baby teeth contain stem... [Read More]
Irish man gave no consent for ex-wife to use embryos
24 July 2006 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
In a dispute between an Irish couple over the use of frozen embryos, created before they separated, a High Court judge has ruled that the man did not ever give consent for his estranged wife to use the embryos. Justice Brian McGovern ruled that the man... [Read More]
European Union agrees to fund limited ES cell research
24 July 2006 - by Dr Jess Buxton
European Ministers have agreed to fund some human embryonic stem (ES) cell research, in a compromise that bans any work involving the destruction of embryos. However, this would not prevent European funding of 'subsequent steps', the Ministers agreed at a European Council meeting held today. UK... [Read More]

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